Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Standing Behind McGurk" went up yesterday and it made me spew my coffee this morning. I wasn't even sure he was doing one Sunday night because he'd done one Saturday morning. But this is classic.
Classic is also Bonnie Raitt.
I love her new album Slipstream. And today she was on World Cafe performing and talking. That's an NPR show and you can stream it but there's no transcript. But she was on All Things Considered June 16th and that's audio and transcript. Excerpt:
LYDEN: But the road back for Bonnie Raitt has taken a toll. Since her last recording, she endured the deaths of her father, the Broadway singer John Raitt, her mother and her brother, all within five years of each other. When I caught up with her backstage before a performance this week, she said she just had to take a break from recording.
RAITT: I really just wanted to live and not just recover from the losses and go through my brother's things and the estate. But what I did was that was invaluable was I learned to balance taking care of myself and being a good sister and a good girlfriend and friend to my friends and really listening. Not just dropping in, because you can avoid real life by being not just a celebrity but by being on the road all the time. And I just wanted to be Bonnie Raitt without the capitals. You know, I just wanted to see what it was like to live a regular life. And so I really needed and had the luxury of pulling away and taking some time to really grieve and process so I know how lucky I am.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOD ONLY KNOWS")
RAITT: (Singing) But the world is always beautiful when it's seen in full retreat. The worst of life looks beautiful, as it slips away in full retreat.
LYDEN: Did you tour in the summertimes with your father? Did he do SummerStage sometimes?
RAITT: He did - actually, he did 25 consecutive years of Summerstock.
LYDEN: I swear I saw him - I feel like I did - at a place called the Melody Top...
LYDEN: ...in Milwaukee that my mother would take me to.
I reviewed Slipstream back in April. It's June and this is still the must-have on the road. I forgot it two weeks ago and was in a panic but Ava and C.I. had it on MP3 on a zip drive. So we listened that way. We sing along with the album -- Ava, C.I., Wally and me. Sometimes, Wally pulls out the guitar and we'll just sing the songs without the album. There's no a clunker on Slipstream. Right now, it's my pick for the best album of the year. I know we're about to reach the half-way mark and other stuff will come up but this is just a magic album.
Pick up the CD or download it if you haven't already. I love it.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"